Consultation regarding the future of Cottingley Rail Station

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The public consultation for the future of Cottingley Rail Station is now closed.

All feedback will be taken into consideration and made available in the engagement outcome report.

The information below was presented during the public consultation.

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority is currently considering the closure of Cottingley Rail Station and would like to hear your views. This closure is being considered due to the construction of a new, more accessible station 800m from Cottingley at White Rose with extensive walking and cycling routes to and from the wider community.



Why are we considering closing Cottingley Rail Station?

It is not possible for trains to stop at both Cottingley and White Rose as the stations are so close together. Therefore, the options for the existing station at Cottingley are as follows:

  • Replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose. This option is preferred because of the low usage and lack of step-free access at Cottingley.
  • Construct the new station at White Rose and run in addition to the existing station at Cottingley. This option would involve a very infrequent service at Cottingley and the low usage of the station may encourage anti-social behavior. Keeping Cottingley Rail Station in service could also weaken the case to fund an extensive walking and cycling plan, which is part of the White Rose Rail Station development.


For these reasons, the preferred option is to replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose, with extensive walking and cycling routes linking Cottingley to the station.

Previously considered options were not taken forward for the following reasons:

  • Keep the existing station at Cottingley and not provide an additional station at White Rose. This option has not been taken forward because Cottingley station does not meet current accessibility standards.
  • Upgrade the existing station at Cottingley and not provide an additional station at White Rose. This option was not taken forward for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Cottingley is situated further from businesses, education opportunities and the nearby shopping centre. Secondly, White Rose is being progressed with a combination of public and private funding which would not have been available for Cottingley.


White Rose Rail Station

The new rail station is being constructed in south Leeds on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main Transpennine rail route, 800 metres south of the existing Cottingley station, near the White Rose Office Park.


The new station at White Rose will serve local communities, commuters to the office park, Elliott Hudson College and visitors to the White Rose Shopping Centre.

The station proposals were previously shared on two occasions, where the public were invited to provide their feedback and views. Since then, the planning application for the new station has been approved, designs have been finalised, with construction starting in 2021. Construction is due to be completed by the end of 2022.


Once opened the new station will provide:

  • A new modern rail station, fully compliant with current standards
  • Lift and staircase access to both platforms providing accessibility for all users
  • Better connections for local people to leisure, education and job opportunities
  • New and upgraded cycle routes and pathways to local communities, the White Rose Shopping Centre and bus interchange, providing excellent public access with safe, well-lit walkways
  • Passenger facilities to include cycle storage, waiting shelters and CCTV
  • Provision for drop off / pick up including taxis and blue badge parking spaces


Previous consultation regarding the new White Rose Rail Station

In 2018, we undertook the first phase of White Rose Rail Station consultation and engagement. The majority (71%) of respondents were happy with proposals for a new rail station at White Rose.

We shared proposals for White Rose again in 2019 as part of the planning application. No objections from statutory consultees were received, which reflected the level of support received in 2018. More information about the previous consultations can be found here.


Access to White Rose Rail Station

The location of the new station has a wider catchment area than the existing station at Cottingley. It would continue to serve the existing Cottingley catchment, in addition to serving the population of Churwell, Millshaw and Brown Hill. Existing users of Cottingley who access the station from the North will incur some additional walking time to access the White Rose station. However, there are extensive provisions within the design to improve walking and cycling routes linking the station to nearby settlements.


Rail Services

It is expected that the new White Rose station will have the same level of service as the existing Cottingley station, at one train per hour. There is expected to be an opportunity to increase the level of services to two trains per hour once the Transpennine Route Upgrade is complete.


Bus Services

We know Cottingley residents would like to have a better bus service and we are in discussion with bus operators to seek improvements to local bus services which we aim to have delivered at a similar pace to the rail station works. The Council and Combined Authority are currently improving passenger facilities at bus stops in the area. For more information on bus services in Cottingley, visit yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/cottingley/faqs.


Have your say

We want to know what you think about the proposals for Cottingley Rail Station. To have your say, please complete our survey by clicking here between Monday 12 July 2021 to Monday 4 October 2021. Before taking part, we recommend that you read the information provided on this page and our FAQs.

Webinars

We will be hosting a series of free online webinars on the future of Cottingley Rail Station. These webinars will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the plans for Cottingley and White Rose Rail Station.


Date*

Time

Registration Details

Wednesday 21 July 2021

13:00 – 14:00

This webinar has now passed

Monday 9 August 2021

10:00 – 11:00

Monday 13 September 2021

18:00 19:00


Drop-in sessions

We are hosting a drop-in session at White Rose Shopping Centre on Thursday 19 August 2021. The session, which takes place from 10am to 6pm, will give people an opportunity to talk to the project team about the future of Cottingley Rail Station and complete a consultation survey, as well as receive an update on the new White Rose Rail Station.

We may look to hold more drop-in sessions in late Summer 2021, subject to COVID-19 guidelines. To subscribe for updates on our consultation events, please enter your email address under the ‘Stay Informed’ tab on this page.


White Rose Office Park

There will be a dedicated display of the proposals in the Planning Cabin located at White Rose Office Park throughout the consultation period. If you wish to view the proposals, please report to the main security cabin where the team will be happy to direct you. We would kindly request you refrain from parking in the White Rose Shopping Centre.


Contact

Please take part in the consultation survey to feedback on proposals. If you are having difficulty accessing the online survey, or need the survey in an alternative format, you can get in touch via:

Email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Telephone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline information service)

Post: Freepost address CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)*

Q&A: Ask a question using the ‘Questions’ tab at the bottom of the page.

*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 situation, the majority of our staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via another method if possible.


Next steps

In line with the Station Closure Guidelines, should the consultation and the case for closure result in a decision that Cottingley Rail Station should be closed, then it is proposed the station would be closed between late 2022 and Spring 2023, noting that these timescales may be subject to any changes throughout the construction period.

The public consultation for the future of Cottingley Rail Station is now closed.

All feedback will be taken into consideration and made available in the engagement outcome report.

The information below was presented during the public consultation.

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority is currently considering the closure of Cottingley Rail Station and would like to hear your views. This closure is being considered due to the construction of a new, more accessible station 800m from Cottingley at White Rose with extensive walking and cycling routes to and from the wider community.



Why are we considering closing Cottingley Rail Station?

It is not possible for trains to stop at both Cottingley and White Rose as the stations are so close together. Therefore, the options for the existing station at Cottingley are as follows:

  • Replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose. This option is preferred because of the low usage and lack of step-free access at Cottingley.
  • Construct the new station at White Rose and run in addition to the existing station at Cottingley. This option would involve a very infrequent service at Cottingley and the low usage of the station may encourage anti-social behavior. Keeping Cottingley Rail Station in service could also weaken the case to fund an extensive walking and cycling plan, which is part of the White Rose Rail Station development.


For these reasons, the preferred option is to replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose, with extensive walking and cycling routes linking Cottingley to the station.

Previously considered options were not taken forward for the following reasons:

  • Keep the existing station at Cottingley and not provide an additional station at White Rose. This option has not been taken forward because Cottingley station does not meet current accessibility standards.
  • Upgrade the existing station at Cottingley and not provide an additional station at White Rose. This option was not taken forward for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Cottingley is situated further from businesses, education opportunities and the nearby shopping centre. Secondly, White Rose is being progressed with a combination of public and private funding which would not have been available for Cottingley.


White Rose Rail Station

The new rail station is being constructed in south Leeds on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main Transpennine rail route, 800 metres south of the existing Cottingley station, near the White Rose Office Park.


The new station at White Rose will serve local communities, commuters to the office park, Elliott Hudson College and visitors to the White Rose Shopping Centre.

The station proposals were previously shared on two occasions, where the public were invited to provide their feedback and views. Since then, the planning application for the new station has been approved, designs have been finalised, with construction starting in 2021. Construction is due to be completed by the end of 2022.


Once opened the new station will provide:

  • A new modern rail station, fully compliant with current standards
  • Lift and staircase access to both platforms providing accessibility for all users
  • Better connections for local people to leisure, education and job opportunities
  • New and upgraded cycle routes and pathways to local communities, the White Rose Shopping Centre and bus interchange, providing excellent public access with safe, well-lit walkways
  • Passenger facilities to include cycle storage, waiting shelters and CCTV
  • Provision for drop off / pick up including taxis and blue badge parking spaces


Previous consultation regarding the new White Rose Rail Station

In 2018, we undertook the first phase of White Rose Rail Station consultation and engagement. The majority (71%) of respondents were happy with proposals for a new rail station at White Rose.

We shared proposals for White Rose again in 2019 as part of the planning application. No objections from statutory consultees were received, which reflected the level of support received in 2018. More information about the previous consultations can be found here.


Access to White Rose Rail Station

The location of the new station has a wider catchment area than the existing station at Cottingley. It would continue to serve the existing Cottingley catchment, in addition to serving the population of Churwell, Millshaw and Brown Hill. Existing users of Cottingley who access the station from the North will incur some additional walking time to access the White Rose station. However, there are extensive provisions within the design to improve walking and cycling routes linking the station to nearby settlements.


Rail Services

It is expected that the new White Rose station will have the same level of service as the existing Cottingley station, at one train per hour. There is expected to be an opportunity to increase the level of services to two trains per hour once the Transpennine Route Upgrade is complete.


Bus Services

We know Cottingley residents would like to have a better bus service and we are in discussion with bus operators to seek improvements to local bus services which we aim to have delivered at a similar pace to the rail station works. The Council and Combined Authority are currently improving passenger facilities at bus stops in the area. For more information on bus services in Cottingley, visit yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/cottingley/faqs.


Have your say

We want to know what you think about the proposals for Cottingley Rail Station. To have your say, please complete our survey by clicking here between Monday 12 July 2021 to Monday 4 October 2021. Before taking part, we recommend that you read the information provided on this page and our FAQs.

Webinars

We will be hosting a series of free online webinars on the future of Cottingley Rail Station. These webinars will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the plans for Cottingley and White Rose Rail Station.


Date*

Time

Registration Details

Wednesday 21 July 2021

13:00 – 14:00

This webinar has now passed

Monday 9 August 2021

10:00 – 11:00

Monday 13 September 2021

18:00 19:00


Drop-in sessions

We are hosting a drop-in session at White Rose Shopping Centre on Thursday 19 August 2021. The session, which takes place from 10am to 6pm, will give people an opportunity to talk to the project team about the future of Cottingley Rail Station and complete a consultation survey, as well as receive an update on the new White Rose Rail Station.

We may look to hold more drop-in sessions in late Summer 2021, subject to COVID-19 guidelines. To subscribe for updates on our consultation events, please enter your email address under the ‘Stay Informed’ tab on this page.


White Rose Office Park

There will be a dedicated display of the proposals in the Planning Cabin located at White Rose Office Park throughout the consultation period. If you wish to view the proposals, please report to the main security cabin where the team will be happy to direct you. We would kindly request you refrain from parking in the White Rose Shopping Centre.


Contact

Please take part in the consultation survey to feedback on proposals. If you are having difficulty accessing the online survey, or need the survey in an alternative format, you can get in touch via:

Email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Telephone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline information service)

Post: Freepost address CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)*

Q&A: Ask a question using the ‘Questions’ tab at the bottom of the page.

*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 situation, the majority of our staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via another method if possible.


Next steps

In line with the Station Closure Guidelines, should the consultation and the case for closure result in a decision that Cottingley Rail Station should be closed, then it is proposed the station would be closed between late 2022 and Spring 2023, noting that these timescales may be subject to any changes throughout the construction period.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is currently considering the closure of Cottingley Railway Station and would like to hear your views. This closure is being considered due to the construction of a new, more accessible rail station 800m from Cottingley at White Rose.

     

    Before you complete this survey, it is highly recommended that you read further information on this project which is available online via: www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/Cottingley

     

    This survey is split into two sections: A and B. Please complete all the relevant sections.

     

    This data will be collected by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. The data collected will be held only for the duration of the consultation phase of the project. Please view our privacy notice here.

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